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Máire Ní Chathasaigh to feature in RTÉ Lyric FM’s anniversary commission

RTÉ lyric FM is celebrating its 20th birthday by commissioning three new works, with a total prize fund of €14,000 available to composers born or living in Ireland. These new compositions will be performed live by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir at a gala concert on 1st May 2019. One of the three pieces will be a 10-15 minute Irish harp concerto in three movements, and traditional musician Máire Ní Chathasaigh has been selected to be the soloist, featuring alongside the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

She says: “The primary RTÉ Lyric FM birthday commission will be for the composition of the first concerto for Irish harp and orchestra ever to be written, and I'm honoured to have been invited to be the soloist. Honoured, and thrilled to bits!!! It will be a historic occasion.”

Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, Managing Director of RTÉ's Orchestras, described the competition: “Irish musicians have always been at the heart of the station. What better way to mark our birthday than with a new work for the national emblem of Ireland, the Irish harp, with one of its leading exponents, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, premiering it with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.”